Shamanic Vision: Living Life through the Eyes of the Heart Issue #5: September, 2017 - Page 15

With the inner calling of Shamanic curiosity, take it upon yourself to investigate the various ways a Vision Quest can be done, and select the features that appeal to you. Journey on this: ask your Guides how to plan a Vision Quest that suits your purposes. There is no single right way to seek a vision. A sleeping bag can substitute for a blanket, a bottle of water can be taken for drinking, insect repellent can be used. It is up to you and your spirit instructors to decide what should and should not be taken along, keeping in mind that we all come to this practice with different needs and expectations. We are also at different levels of spiritual and physical development, so what is right for one person may not be for someone else. However, you will want to leave as much “stuff” behind as possible. Your cell phone, reading materials, your journal and pen, portable music players, clothing and other supplies that are crutches—the things we think we can not live without— leave them at home. One of the goals of the Vision Quest is to teach us that we can survive without our security blankets. It is only you, your Soul and the test and the Gifts that await! For those of us engaged in Shamanic Practice, an outdoor Vision Quest can instill an even stronger understanding of how intricately nature and human life are interconnected, for here we come to not only realize—but experience—the understanding that the spiritual life of nature is not separate from our own. When we are engaged on the Shamanic Path, we enter a Life filled with Unlimited Possibilities. Dare to See and Experience beyond that of the limited vision of the socially restricted man.